|Your Christmas is Most Like: A Very Brady Christmas|
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Saturday several of the family met for breakfast (and really I think that breakfast is my favorite meal to eat out), then Keith, Lynne' and I went over to mom's house for the afternoon. While Keith did some boring boy stuff around the house mom helped Lynne' and I with our knitting. First she helped Lynne' remember how to cast on. Lynne' took needles and yarn and got to knitting on a scarf as a donation to breast cancer next October.
Next I pulled out the baby blanket I've been working on. Somehow I got the pattern all turned around and on one side the border ended up with about 6 rows of stockinette stitch instead of garter stitch. My way of fixing it would've been to take it all out one stitch at a time, which would've been about 700 stitches. Mom's way was to get out a crochet hook and turn the purls into knits! Then it turned out she didn't like the way she'd done one row, so she ripped out a couple of rows and magically got them back on the needles. There is no.way.at.all. that I would try that on my own!
We then got a little impromptu fashion show when mom went and got out a vest she had knit umpteen years ago and modeled it for us. I'm sure the picture doesn't show it very well, but the vest is covered in cables and so very timeless. Beautiful!
Mom got out the baby blanket she's currently knitting, which amazingly is the same yarn and same color I was using (what are the odds???) and the three of us sat on the couch to knit while we waited for a pizza to be delivered.
Again my heart was filled by the moment. It was such a satisfying feeling to share a hobby with my mother and daughter and to just relax and enjoy the moment together. Mom and I have shared moments like this before, but it was the first time the three of us have gotten to knit together. What a blessing it was!
Of course I realized this was a Kodak moment, so I asked Keith to get the camera and take a couple of pictures. One thing about Keith - he doesn't do anything halfway. I do realize this is definitely one of those you would've had to have been there moments, but he got us to laughing so hard we had tears running down our cheeks! He set the camera to just continue taking pictures and I'll bet I have 20 or so pictures of this special moment in time, with all three of us in various phases of laughing. Good times..... :)
The last project I had mom's help with was a hat that should've been quite simple. I made it once and ended up with the first point in the center of the head, so I frogged it and started over (mom's method of fixing knitting mistakes is quite a bit more efficient than mine!). This time around it went much better, but I still ended up with a hole in the center that required my mother's help.
We went over to James and Loni's house on Sunday and Brooklyn wasn't nearly as impressed with the hat that grandma made as grandma was impressed with her wearing it!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Before we knew it we were in Ardmore and saw the drive thru lights. We see this every year as we zoom down I-35 and this year we actually had the time to stop and do it. It is a one and a half mile drive through a city park with very large Christmas light displays, each one sponsored by an area business. We tuned the radio to a Christmas music station and we sang as we drove through the park. Great fun and I highly recommend it if you are in the Ardmore area. It's free, though they do take a free will offering at the end.
Monday, November 26, 2007
(From the left - Mom, Grandma, Me, Brooklyn, James in front)
Everybody searched like troopers with frozen fingers and in the end Brad came up the winner! Another cache conquered.
We have the tradition of going around the table (and it was a big table indeed this year!) before eating to say what you are thankful for. Sooo many tears this year, especially with the passing of Vonna. My turn came and I was holding little miss Brooklyn, so naturally I started with my thankfulness of this happy, healthy baby. Then I teared up and couldn't say anything else! I was disappointed that it happened that way because there were so many things I wanted to say. I am abundantly blessed with my family and friends, my marriage, my health and really the only thing I could blubber out was how thankful I was for this grandbaby. :)
Speaking of Brooklyn, a fun time we had was watching her eat her first vegetable! It was so much fun to watch as she had a delightful time. She'd get a bite of carrots, then blow bubbles with it, grinning very big when we'd all laugh! So smart of her mama to think to just take her little dress off before starting because right after this picture her mama and her great aunt took her and gave her a bath.
Another fun moment - the turkey came out of the oven and a committee of five stood around giving advice on how best to carve it. From the left - mom, Michele (SIL), MIL, Keith, FIL. The turkey carving winner was Michele as she wowed us all with her knowledge from watching Food Network. And people say tv isn't educational... hehehehe!!!
Monday, November 19, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
cooled off enough that I was able to wear socks and clogs to work, it
being jeans day and all. But these weren't just any socks - these are
hand knit socks...by me even! They felt so good and my toes
practically danced under my desk every time I slipped my feet out of
my shoes. Unfortunately this is the only complete pair I have, which
means I better get to knitting. Obviously I do have a problem with
Second Sock Syndrome as I have several socks that just need mates.
Maybe by next year I'll be set.....
Thursday, November 15, 2007
And I would have....but my phone rang several times and, well, talking on the phone is really my favorite hobby. So what should have been a 15 - 20 minute card really took me a couple of hours. But it's all good, because the whole evening was doing something enjoyable. :)
Stamps - All I Have set by Stampin Up
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Sometimes there are words that become overused and for the most part "breathtaking" is one of them. I'm going to claim that word for this area of the country though.
Driving along we just loved looking around. The trees were so much different than what we have around here and that made it enjoyable to look around. And there was still enough color in all the leaves that it was so beautiful to look at.
Joe had a grand time as well. We didn't see a lot of people the entire day, but at one geocache site there was a secluded field. We let him off leash and the three of us ran around and laughed and just enjoyed each other.
The last picture will be one of those memories that will be retold time and time again. On the way to our very first geocache of the day the GPS told us to turn right at CR-54938 (or whatever the county road number was). We did and this picture shows the road we followed. Now, the funniest part is that we followed this dirt and rock road for seven miles.....seven miles along sometimes the edge of a mountain. I wish I would've taken more pictures to show the vertical road and even more impressive the vertical drop had Keith not been such a good driver. But instead of picture taking I was busy being
We were on the road long enough that we started to get a little bit of a nervous chuckle between us. Keith turned to me and asked if I had told anybody where we were going, just in case. No honey, not a soul knows where we are, but I'm trusting in those angels to keep us on this road and DON'T STOP PLEASE cause it's a little creepy up here!
When all was said and done and we made it back amongst the civilized world we checked to see where we might've messed up. And we discovered that had we stayed on the highway we had been on we would've just followed the winding road about 20 miles around and ended at the same spot. But our trusty GPS wanted to save us about 13 miles, so it sent us off into the wilderness. We had blind faith that all would be well and of course it was. Following the road less traveled can sometimes be a lonely thing, but it will usually provide you with some deep insights.
And does anybody see the parable here? Blind faith in our GPS brought fear to our hearts. Being reminded of our faith in our Father and the angels surrounding us brought comfort. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!
"He changes times and seasons." - Daniel 2:21
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
So much fun last night! When we first got to the kids' house Brooklyn had on her little orange outfit that she wore to daycare that day. Darling little girl! She's holding onto a still wrapped Tootsie roll pop in the picture and I just think it's so neat to watch them add abilities. Hard to believe she's already able to grasp things! I did take it from her after a minute because Grandma does know that she's not old enough for suckers yet. :)
Loni is wearing most of her costume here that she wore to work. In addition to the ears and makeup she carried a feather duster around - she was a Dust Bunny!!!! She changed Brooklyn into her little monkey suit after a little bit.
I love the back view of our monkey - doesn't she have a cute tail???
Her blue eyes showed up well here, so of course this picture made the cut.
And Loni got out Cheeto's (the cat) costume from last year and he was a butterfly again. You can barely see it here, but he's got hold of the little feathery end of a cat toy on a string that's hooked on a stick. Loni can move this around and Cheeto does the most amazing jumps and flips. Olympic Cheeto!
We went out to eat a little later than normal because we wanted to see the Trick or Treaters that came to the house. When we got back I just enjoyed myself immensely having a conversation with Brooklyn while Loni got her ready for bed. I held her and loved on her while Keith was saying "Elizabeth we need to go home now. Elizabeth give Brooklyn back to Loni. Elizabeth put the baby down!" hehehehehehe......Sometimes that really is what it takes to get me to stop kissing on that little doll!!!
"Always kiss your children goodnight -- even if they're already asleep." - Loretta Lynn